Monday July 9, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The city man struck by a train early Saturday is being treated at Albany Medical Center for multiple skull fractures and amputations, authorities said.

David Shoemaker, 23, was initially taken to Berkshire Medical Center, according to a report by the Pittsfield Fire Department. He was later transferred to Albany, where his condition could not be learned on Sunday.

Shoemaker was struck by a 19-car freight train around 12:45 a.m. on the CSX Railroad tracks along Silver Lake Boulevard near the William Stanley Bus iness Park. When rescuers arrived, they found the man alive under one of the cars toward the end of the train.

Pittsfield police detectives investigating the accident have yet to determine why the man was on the tracks.

Shoemaker is the second Pitts field man this year struck by a train traveling through the city after dark.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Feb. 28, John Paul Castonguay was killed by a westbound locomotive on the tracks along Depot Street, several hundred yards away from Baba Louie's restaurant.

Castonguay was pinned under the first locomotive and died at the scene, according to police.

The train engineer was unable to brake in time to avoid hitting Castonguay as he was walking along the tracks.

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